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Article: Mercury exposure: The experience of the Hong Kong Poison Information Centre

TitleMercury exposure: The experience of the Hong Kong Poison Information Centre
Authors
KeywordsHeavy
Metals
Mercury poisoning
Issue Date2011
Citation
Hong Kong Medical Journal, 2011, v. 17, n. 4, p. 292-296 How to Cite?
AbstractObjectives To review the characteristics of the consultation about the management of mercury exposure and identify the controversial issues on the clinical management of individuals with a history of mercury exposure. Design Descriptive case series. Setting Hong Kong Poison Information Centre, Hong Kong. Participants Persons consulting the Hong Kong Poison Information Centre about individuals with possible or definitive mercury exposure. Main outcome measures Characteristics of the consultations, including: The demographics of affected individuals, source and reason for the consultation, tissue mercury levels, the source of mercury exposure, specific intervention if any, and clinical outcomes. Results Forty-one consultations were analysed. Most consultations were from the public sector. Reasons of the consultation were very variable. Individuals with abnormal tissue mercury levels were uncommon. There was only one case of acute mercury poisoning. The majority of identified individuals were not subjected to specific interventions. Chelation therapy was given to three patients, but in one of them it was considered to be contra-indicated. Conclusion The management of mercury exposure is highly variable. Recommendations were made on the approach to an individual with potential mercury exposure or poisoning.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/209447
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2015 Impact Factor: 0.887
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dc.contributor.authorFan, K.L.-
dc.contributor.authorChan, C.K.-
dc.contributor.authorLau, F.L.-
dc.date.accessioned2015-04-21T07:49:20Z-
dc.date.available2015-04-21T07:49:20Z-
dc.date.issued2011-
dc.identifier.citationHong Kong Medical Journal, 2011, v. 17, n. 4, p. 292-296-
dc.identifier.issn1024-2708-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/209447-
dc.description.abstractObjectives To review the characteristics of the consultation about the management of mercury exposure and identify the controversial issues on the clinical management of individuals with a history of mercury exposure. Design Descriptive case series. Setting Hong Kong Poison Information Centre, Hong Kong. Participants Persons consulting the Hong Kong Poison Information Centre about individuals with possible or definitive mercury exposure. Main outcome measures Characteristics of the consultations, including: The demographics of affected individuals, source and reason for the consultation, tissue mercury levels, the source of mercury exposure, specific intervention if any, and clinical outcomes. Results Forty-one consultations were analysed. Most consultations were from the public sector. Reasons of the consultation were very variable. Individuals with abnormal tissue mercury levels were uncommon. There was only one case of acute mercury poisoning. The majority of identified individuals were not subjected to specific interventions. Chelation therapy was given to three patients, but in one of them it was considered to be contra-indicated. Conclusion The management of mercury exposure is highly variable. Recommendations were made on the approach to an individual with potential mercury exposure or poisoning.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.relation.ispartofHong Kong Medical Journal-
dc.subjectHeavy-
dc.subjectMetals-
dc.subjectMercury poisoning-
dc.titleMercury exposure: The experience of the Hong Kong Poison Information Centre-
dc.typeArticle-
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dc.identifier.pmid21813897-
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dc.identifier.volume17-
dc.identifier.issue4-
dc.identifier.spage292-
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